Date of Award

1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Ed.

Department

Education

First Advisor

Hurley, N.

Keywords

Education, Administration.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This quantitative research study examined power strategies used by principals as perceived by elementary school teachers. Seven power strategies, proposed by Kipnis, Schmidt and Wilkinson (1980), were examined. Following a correlation analysis of these strategies for this particular study, six out of the seven were collapsed into two main types of power identified by Hersey & Blanchard (1988): positional power (assertiveness, upward appeal, sanctions) and personal power (ingratiation, exchange and coalition). The seventh power strategy, rationality, has been examined separately. The primary intent of the research was an exploratory investigation of the power strategies used by principals as perceived by elementary school teachers. Power was treated as a dependent variable, while the independent variables included the teachers' perceptions and a variety of demographic variables including gender of principals, years of experience as principal, and gender of teachers. Data for this study were collected from three local school boards. One hundred and twenty-nine elementary school teachers completed the "Perception of Principal Power Tactic Survey" developed by Lemon and Porter (1988). This survey measured influential power strategies used by principals as perceived by their respective teachers. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1998 .C42. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0319. Adviser: N. Hurley. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.

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